There are no limits of the use of this tool except the limits of our inventiveness. Indeed, who has never dreamed of having more than two hands when the manipulations multiply... As or me, this tool is so useful that it is an integral part of my camera bag. Whether for macro or landscape, its feather weight and small size when folded allows easy transport.
A powerful and robust clamp constitutes the part that keeps the articulated arm in position. At the end of the arm, a more delicate clamp allows smooth control of the subject. The last update of this tool include a screw to adjust the force on the subject.
Few possible use:
Ensure the steadiness of a subject
In the field, ideal conditions would be to have no air movement, no obstructions around the subject, diffused and abundant light etc. These conditions are just impossibile to bring together. The static holding of the subject by this clamp can eliminate at least one source of the galleys.
Orientation of misplaced subject
As it is extremely rare to find a subject that has the right inclination or orientation, this grip can both keep the subject static and also impose an orientation.
Hold a diffuser or reflector
To fill in a background, that is to say, providing it with enough light to ensure that the background is not black, a reflector is a good solution.
Again, this clamp can carry a good sized reflector. A white reflector will reproduce the light it receives without changing its temperature and a gold reflector will bring a warmer component. A diffuser can also be maintained between the subject and direct sunlight to filter the rays and subdue the dynamic range.
Clear the field of view from annoying elements
As we are always dependent on the environment, it is good to have several options to get the desired scene. This clamp can be used to exclude elements that are in the way, like a piece of wood or other.
Hold a sun shield
During panorama shooting in direct sunlight, it's very important to protect the front lens of the ultra-wide angle lens Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G IF ED to avoid ghosts on the images. These parasitic reflexions can come from the filter holder even if it's impervious to light.
In fact, in these wide dynamic range shootings, reflections may occur after the polarizing filter and ruin the images. This clip becomes the icing on the cake because it can be fixed on the tripod or RealRightStuff Arca Swiss rails and protects the front lens from direct sunlight while remaining static relative to the lens. Once it is set, it is possible to take successive images on 180° without worrying about these parasitic reflections. Without this tool, it's essentiel to use our hand with each image to protect the filter holder and follow the rotation of the device 180 degrees until the last frame, which is sometimes not possible, depending on the topography of the ground, and is very laborious.